How Much Should I Feed my Breastfed Baby?
We all know by now that there is no one-size-fits-all solution for every baby. We also all know it's impossible not to obsess anyway and gather as much information as humanly possible about every aspect of feeding our little ones because we are their mothers, right? It is just always helpful, and sometimes even reassuring, to know some benchmarks. That being said, please take these with a grain of salt and follow your baby's lead, especially when it comes to breastfeeding.
When you begin to introduce solids, try for one meal a day in the very beginning, working up to 3 solid meals a day by 12 months of age. In terms of when you should offer solids, it is best to offer the breast first and solids after until at least 9 months to be sure baby's primary source of nourishment is still breast milk. As far as what time of day, that is really what works best for you and your baby. Some moms find their babies are at their most receptive to new foods first thing in the morning, while other prefer to try at dinner. It's really up to you. Feel free to experiment and remember that solid foods at this age is all about exploration and discovery. These are daily recommendations.
What does your breastfed baby eat? How much and how often? We'd love to hear in the comments.
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